rogue one death troopers

In their original incarnation, the Imperial Stormtroopers were grunts, working stiffs who suited up for the Empire because it was a job because being cannon fodder for characters with names and faces was something that paid the bills. Over the years, it became easy for fans to justify just how disorganized these guys were and how they seemingly couldn’t hit the broad side of a Sandcrawler at ten paces with a blaster – these guys aren’t the most elite bunch.

Now, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems poised to finally explain where the cream of the crop from the Imperial Academy actually went – they’re the Death Troopers, specialized soldiers who are instantly recognizable from their black armor. But like so many new pieces of Star Wars lore, their origins lie in in the distant past of the saga’s real life history.

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Rogue One Opening Crawl

There’s been plenty of buzz about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the past month. Plenty of new details and photos were revealed in a big Entertainment Weekly spread (including confirmation of Darth Vader’s return), such as the reveal of Forest Whitaker starring in the film as a character borrowed from the Clone Wars animated series, clarification on the reshoots that were taking place this summer, and much more. Plus, this past weekend brought a stunning new teaser poster and a revealing sizzle reel showing tons of behind the scenes footage. You can find out much more in our recap of the panel previewing the film.

Now with Star Wars Celebration over, we have one more update from the convention this past weekend, and it’s something that is likely to rile up some fans. Despite the fact that Kathleen Kennedy was previously unsure if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would have an opening crawl like the rest of the films in the Star Wars saga, she seemed to have a slightly more definitive answer at Star Wars Celebration. Read More »

Gareth Edwards Rogue One Interview

After the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presentation, we got an opportunity to chat with director Gareth Edwards. During the roundtable discussion, Edwards talks about creating the Jedi mecca in the film, a new planet called Jedha, the very unique shooting methods he employed on this production, the decision to include Darth Vader in his story and what concerns come with that, and I ask if we will get any aerial battles in this Star Wars film. Hit the jump to watch the Gareth Edwards Rogue One Interview in video or text format.

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Droid

Rebel fighter Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is the intelligence officer in the Alliance who tries to keep Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s bounty hunters and rebels together. During the film’s panel at the ongoing Star Wars Celebration, Luna didn’t make Andor sound very well-liked, but he did say the character has one friend he can trust. That friend is K-2SO, a droid played by Alan Tudyk.

Below, learn more about the droid, whom Tudyk compares to “old people.”

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Rogue One Reshoots

There have been a lot of details regarding the Rogue One: A Story Wars Story rehoots that will take place starting this month. The initial report indicated that Disney was unhappy with the first cut of the movie from director Gareth Edwards and was followed up with details saying the tone of the movie needed to be lightened up a bit to match with the original Star Wars from 1977. Then a more worrisome rumor indicated that 40% of the film was going to be reshot with director Christopher McQuarrie overseeing the reshoots.

There’s been a lot of information to sift through, and now some clarification arrived regarding the reported details along with new information revealing who is helping with the reshoots and how. Get the new details on the Rogue One reshoots after the jump. Read More »

Rogue One Reshoots

Update: A few hours ago, I reached out to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, which, admittedly, I should’ve done in the first place. McQuarrie firmly denied the rumor that he’s supervising the reshoots:

If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.

Reporting on reshoots or additional photography is one thing, but this false rumor regarding McQuarrie was dismissive of Edwards’ work, which was what Christopher McQuarrie took issue with. Reporting that Edwards required supervision wasn’t fair to him, McQuarrie, or anyone else involved in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Here’s the original story as follows:

A few days ago, it was reported that Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t too keen on the dark tone of Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apparently Disney believes the tone is too far removed from the original series and what director J.J. Abrams established with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the studio ordered reshoots. The last story regarding the reshoots said that they’d take place in June, but new details have emerged suggesting that the reshoots will take up to six weeks and that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is now heavily involved in the production.

Below, get more Rogue One reshoots details, which you should all take with a grain of salt.

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Rogue One Reshoots

Yesterday brought the worrisome news that four weeks of extensive and expensive reshoots needed to be completed on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At the time, there were no reasons given as to why the reshoots needed to be done, and Disney played off the news as just a normal part of production. While reshoots are built in to the production schedule of pretty much all blockbusters nowadays, the reason for those reshoots is important, and now we know why they’re happening for Rogue One.

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Rogue One Reshoots

I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Well, at least a worried feeling. Most fans were riveted by the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spin-off film that takes place outside of the traditional trilogy narrative. However, if a new rumor is to be believed, now that Disney has seen the first cut of the movie, they’re not very happy with the what director Gareth Edwards has done. In an attempt to repair the movie, some “expensive reshoots” have been planned. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

‘Godzilla 2’ Loses Director Gareth Edwards

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Legendary and Warner Bros.’ nascent Godzilla / King Kong universe has just been dealt a monster-sized blow. Director Gareth Edwards has dropped out of Godzilla 2, which was recently delayed from summer 2018 to spring 2019. Edwards had signed on for the sequel back in 2014, shortly after the release of the last Godzilla movie, which he also helmed.  Read More »